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When considering fire hazards for materials, according to industry experts at Wood Solutions:

“Generally speaking timber products are Group 3 or 4, predominately fire retardant timber are Group 2, and non-combustible or near non-combustible are Group 1.”

The stringent NCC fire-hazard regulations must be a consideration when designing commercial spaces. For example under the NCC, the lining for fire isolated exit corridors require materials to have a Group 1 rating. This prevents specifiers from using timber products, as they would be Group 3.

Timber is often a preferred material for commercial spaces as it brings warmth, life and even wellbeing benefits to the inhabitants. While offering a beautiful finish and sustainability credentials, unfortunately, timber might not make the drawing board for foyers, fit-outs or offices due to fire rating requirements.

Porta and Fireshield now have designers covered with a special presentation focused on:

  1. How to specify timber for internal applications to achieve a Group 1 rating.
  2. How to specify timber for external facades to meet combustibility requirements.
  3. How to design and specify materials considering timbers natural characteristics.

This knowledge can be applied when designing for commercial projects such as aged care, schools, universities, halls, foyers, offices and healthcare projects.


Join us to discuss achieving aesthetic results while still addressing building regulation, in our upcoming CPD events.
In Melbourne locations, dates are 25th October and 14th November.